Definitive theory of the pinhole camera

James T

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In view of the considerable amount of technical discussion in the "On the shore line" thread in the pinhole forum, I thought it might be worth posting this: A paper "On pinhole photography" by Lord Rayleigh, published in the Philosophical Magazine in 1891:
WARNING: the maths is pretty heavy (as might be expected in a cutting edge theoretical paper from the late 19th century).

There are numerous articles accessible from here: